Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 6

Author: Cheyenne Hollis

Surveying the waiver wire in anticipation for week six is a futile task. There certainly aren’t any league winners out there. There do happen to be a few week winners available, but this looks like one of those occasions where you should stash your FAAB or try to move up the waiver claim list. That being said, there may be a couple of players worth grabbing if you’re desperate for a win.

Before we look at players worth a waiver claim this week, it is important to note, this list isn’t covering players like the aforementioned Michael Gallup, Dede Westbrook, Matt Brieda or others who someone may have stupidly dropped. If you see a player of that ilk available, jump on them before digging a little deeper. 

Adrian Peterson (Owned in 47% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: @Mia, SF

This week sets up to be a litmus test of just how bad the Dolphins’ defense is. The Washington Redskins haven’t looked great on offense, but there are far more riskier plays than a running back going up against Miami. Let’s be realistic about this, AP is strictly a one-week rental in this spot. 

Auden Tate (Owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: @Bal, Jax

 
 

Auden Tate might as well embody the uninspiring choices out there on waivers this week. He’s solid, having got ten, six and six targets over the past three games, but Tate doesn’t do anything on the field that wows you. He has a plus matchup against the flagging Baltimore defense giving him a slightly higher upside than some other WRs on the market.

Kareem Hunt (Owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: Suspended until week 10

The rush to own Kareem Hunt is on and his ownership has skyrocketed this week. The Athletic's Jay Glazer published a report saying Hunt would be a change-of-pace back for the Browns when he returns. It is hard to know just how much usage we’re looking at. However, it is time to act if you believe in Hunt.

Gardner Minshew (Owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: NO, @Cin

 
 

With a nice run of games coming up and a growing track record of success, it makes more sense to roll with Gardner Minshew right now than QBs like Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield or even Aaron Rodgers at this point. The former Washington State Cougar has thrown two touchdown passes in four of five games this season. And while his ceiling isn’t high, he seems likely to clear at least 12 points most weeks.

Washington (Owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: @Mia, SF

Did you know that the Washington DST has scored the same amount of points as the Baltimore DST in standard Yahoo! scoring? But this isn’t about that. This is about a matchup with the Dolphins.

Darius Slayton (Owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues)

Upcoming games: @NE, Ari

Probably not a guy you want to play this week, but Darius Slayton has matchups against the Cardinals, Lions and Jets during the next five weeks making him an interesting play during the byes if Sterling Shepard’s concussion keeps him sidelined. Slayton has seen at least five targets in two out of three games he has played, but should see more volume until Shepard returns. 

Sunday and Monday night lotto

If your league doesn’t lock waivers until kickoff of each game, you might want to try your luck at the Sunday and Monday night lotto. Basically, your handcuff or end of roster flotsam has no value after playing during the day, you can drop them for a handcuff guy in one of the night games.

It’s a Sunday night showdown between the Steelers and the Chargers and there aren’t a lot of must have players in this one. Jaylen Samuels is out there, but he is probably the only available player with upside. 

The following day sees the Lions head to Green Bay. Neither team has much in the way of exciting depth. Packers’ running back Jamal Williams missed this week and his status is still unknown at the moment. Ty Johnson of the Lions could have some value if Kerryon Johnson misses time, but none of these are true lotto tickets.

When not playing fantasy football from Southeast Asia, Cheyenne Hollis serves as Interesting Asia Editor-in-Chief. He has spent seven years in Asia covering real estate, lifestyle, business and various other sectors. He might also be the only person who likes Thursday Night Football, mostly because it kickoffs on Friday morning in Thailand providing a great distraction from work.

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